ECB Governor Calls For Tax on Bitcoin

Ewald Nowotny call governments to regulate bitcoin, labelling the cryptocurrency an object of speculation and a tool for money laundering
03 January 2018   644

Ewald Nowotny, member of the European Central Bank ’s governing council, said in an interview with German paper Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Wednesday that governments should regulate and tax bitcoin, labelling the cryptocurrency an object of speculation and a tool for money laundering.

We need a value-added tax on bitcoin, since it's not a currency. It can't be allowed that we've just decided to stop printing 500-euro notes to fight money laundering, that we've slapped strict rules on every tiny savings club, and then have to watch people blithely laundering money around the globe with bitcoin. One ought to apply what the basic rule is in any other financial transaction: everyone involved should reveal their identity.

 

ECB governing council member

Ewald Nowotny

Nowotny's comments echo those by other ECB officials, who regard the bitcoin's spectacular surge in value as a bubble, rather than a sign it could be a digital competitor to the euro single currency used by its 19 member nations.

Recently, we have reported that the Bank of Israel is considering issuing digital currency in order to create a faster payments system as well as reducing the amount of cash in the economy.

German Exchange to launch Bitcoin Products

Deutsche Boerse, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange holder, is deciding about the providing cryptocurrency products
24 May 2018   77

Reporting in London on Wednesday, at a significant event of the sphere, Jeffrey Tessler (the firm's chief of customers, products and core markets), declared: "We are deep at work with it." Nevertheless, any move into the crypto space from the stock exchange might not be forthcoming fast. When CME Group and Cboe Global Markets both started bitcoin futures trading last December, Tessler further claimed during the event that Deutsche Boerse is "not at the same stage." According to his point of view, the company is attempting to understand the volatility of the bitcoin market first and insuring clients and regulators are "in line" before stepping ahead with any offerings.

Whilst a move into offering bitcoin products is not definite, the exchange has already been active in the blockchain field. Deutsche Boerse unvealed details to CoinDesk about its plan to move the majority of its post-trade services to a blockchain last June. It affirmed at the time that it was interested in building a system, using Hyperledger's open-source Fabric protocol, in order to transfer securities and move commercial bank money, while still undertaking cross-jurisdictional compliance with regulators.

Also, as recently as March, the group declared it wish to deploy a platform for more operative securities lending using R3's Corda blockchain tech.